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Another Step-by-Step SqlAlchemy Tutorial (part 2 of 2)

February 3, 2010 by Mike
In the first part of this series, we went over what some might call the "SQL Expression" method of using SqlAlchemy to interact with your database. The theory behind this is that we should learn the less abstract way of doing things before we get to the higher level (and more abstract) methods. This is […]

Another Step-by-Step SqlAlchemy Tutorial (part 1 of 2)

February 3, 2010 by Mike
A long time ago (circa 2007 if Google serves me right), there was a Python programmer named Robin Munn who wrote a really nice tutorial on SqlAlchemy. It was originally based on the 0.1 release, but updated for the newer 0.2. Then, Mr. Munn just disappeared and the tutorial was never updated. I having been kicking around the idea of releasing my own version of this tutorial for quite some time and finally decided to just do it. I hope you will find this article helpful as I found the original to be.

Getting Windows System Information with Python

January 27, 2010 by Mike
Another script I had to come up with for my employer dealt with getting various bits and pieces of information about each of our user's physical machines. We wanted to keep track of the CPU speed, hard drive sizes and the amount of RAM they had (among other things) so we would know when it […]

Generating a Dialog from a File

January 20, 2010 by Mike
A few days ago, I wrote an article about using ConfigObj with wxPython. The first question I was asked about the article regarded using a configuration file to generate the dialog. I thought this was an interesting idea, so I took a stab at implementing that functionality. Personally I think it would be probably be […]

A Brief ConfigObj Tutorial

January 1, 2010 by Mike
Python comes with a handy module called ConfigParser. It's good for creating and reading configuration files (aka INI files). However, Michael Foord (author of IronPython in Action) and Nicola Larosa decided to write their own configuration module called ConfigObj. In many ways, it is an improvement over the standard library's module. When I first looked […]

Shortening URLS with wxPython

December 24, 2009 by Mike
During the summer, I stumbled upon an article on Ars Technica about using PyGTK to create a URL shortener. I thought that was pretty interesting, but I don't use PyGTK. So at that point, I decided to write my own using wxPython and use the article's code to do the shortening. I hacked together something […]
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